How long is your drive to work? Explore Georgia commute times

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January 13, 2016 Atlanta - Traffic was jammed on I-285 westbound near Ashford-Dunwoody Road exit on Wednesday afternoon, January 13, 2016. A new 10-year plan unveiled this week by Gov. Nathan Deal included billions of dollars for toll lanes along I-285 and Ga. 400, which would create a seamless interstate network of toll lanes along northern suburbs. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Atlanta – Traffic jammed on I-285 westbound near Ashford-Dunwoody Road exit. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

The head of the U.S. Census Bureau will be in Atlanta on Wednesday to talk with local leaders about a topic you might not normally associate with the federal agency — commuting.

The Census holds a treasure trove of demographic information on race and ethnicity, homeownership, health insurance coverage and more.

When it comes to commuting, the Census looks at how many people bike or walk to work, how long they spend in their cars commuting, who uses public transit and other data.

Looking at a map of commute times, not surprisingly, commuters in metro Atlanta counties have longer drive times than the rest of Georgia. The average commute time in DeKalb County, Gwinnett County and Cobb County all hover around 30 minutes — although obviously many people have longer drives. Fulton County’s average commute time is 27 minutes, Census data shows.


Census Bureau Director John Thompson will meet with members of the Atlanta Regional Commission and local transportation officials to discuss how this data could help inform decisions about metro Atlanta’s commuting and transportation needs.

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